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These illustrations, by John McLenan, are taken from the first American edition of A Tale of Two Cities – Peterson’s Uniform Edition of 1859. The cover illustration for this issue reproduces one of the illustrations prepared by “Phiz” (Hablot K. Browne) for the monthly numbers of the novel (A Tale of Two Cities was published simultaneously in a weekly and a monthly format). The weekly serial of A Tale of Two Cities was not illustrated.

“The Period”

“The Figures of a Horse and Rider Came Slowly Through the Eddying Mist”

“The Preparation”

“He Felt His Wrist Held Closer, and He Stopped”

The maps reproduced in this issue are taken from late-18th and early-19th-century sources – Thornton’s New, Complete, and Universal History, Description, and Survey of … London (1784), and Tronchet’s Picture of Paris (c.1818). Thornton’s map of London (1784) is reproduced in detail for greater legibility and convenience of reference.

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